• The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer crew was called out on Saturday evening last, to come to the aid of a sailor whose yacht got into difficulty.

    The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 5.30pm Saturday evening, as a yacht with one person onboard experienced engine difficulty north-east of Straw Island.

    Once alongside the yacht, the lifeboat crew established a tow line and towed the yacht back to Kilronan Harbour.

    Aran Islands RNLI coxswain Tommy Dirrane is urging anyone planning a trip at sea to always wear a lifejacket, carry a mobile phone or means of communication, and let someone ashore know where you're going and when you're due back.


  • Ballyglass RNLI volunteers yesterday safely rescued three fishermen who had got into difficulty almost 40 miles off the north Mayo coastline. The crew spent eleven and a half hours at sea to rescue the men and their boat.

    The Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4am yesterday morning (Monday 3 December) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to go to the aid of three fishermen onboard a 10m vessel that had got into difficulty about  38 miles from Ballyglass.

    The lifeboat under Coxswain James Mangan and with four crew members onboard, launched immediately into the darkness and made its way to the scene and into Donegal Bay.

    The fishing boat had got into difficulty when it fouled its propeller.

     Weather conditions at the time were good and when the lifeboat crew arrived on scene they assessed that all onboard were safe and well before working with the fishermen to establish a towline and then begin the slow journey to Killybegs where they arrived at 10.30am.

     Following a short break, the lifeboat crew then began the return journey back to Ballyglass, arriving at the lifeboat station and preparing the lifeboat for service again at 3.30pm.

     Speaking following the call out, Padraic Sheeran, Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘The fishermen did the right thing -raising the alarm when they got into trouble".



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  • Ballyglass RNLI assisted in a rescue yesterday afternoon after a cruiser with 3 people on board got into difficulty off the north Mayo coast.

    The lifeboat was launched just before 1pm yesterday to assist those on board a 28 foot cruiser. There was a problem with the vessel’s propellor.

     Ballyglass RNLI towed the cruiser to safe anchorage  in Ballyglass in difficult sea conditions.

     No one was injured in the incident.

  • Tributes have been paid to five Galway teenagers who rescued a man from the river Corrib during the Macnas parade in Galway on Sunday evening.

    14-year old Seán Oliver and four of his teenage friends pulled the man from the fast flowing waters shortly after 6pm as thousands of people had gathered for the Halloween street festival.

    The teenagers, who have sought to play down their actions, were in a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) and en route to tie up and watch the parade at the time.

    Seán Oliver is a trained boat handler and has been a member of Galway Sea Scouts.

    His uncle Dave Oliver, who works with the Galway Fire Service and is an RNLI lifeboat coxswain, had just come off duty when he was alerted to a man in the water.

    Mr Oliver ran down towards the pier and called out to his nephew in the Rib.

    He said it was dark, and they found it difficult to see the man at first, but then managed to haul him into their boat.

    Galway Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel were at the scene within minutes.

    The man was given emergency medical treatment and taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway, where he has made a recovery.





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    Galway RNLI Lifeboat rescued a man who got into difficulty after his dinghy capsized on Galway Bay this afternoon.

    The incident happened off Hare Island shortly before 1pm.

    A member of the public saw the man was unable to right the 15 foot vessel and notified the Irish Coastguard who requested the assistance of the RNLI lifeboat.

    Galway Lifeboat launched from Galway Docks at 1.15pm and located the man as he was swimming towards the shore.

    He was cold and shook and the Lifeboat crew brought him to the station and administered first aid. He recovered a short time later and did not need to be hospitalized.

    The Lifeboat retrieved the dinghy and towed it safely back to Galway Docks, ending the rescue operation at 2.15pm.

    The volunteer Lifeboat crew on this callout were Dave Oliver, John O’Sullivan, Ros Forde and Kenneth Kitterick.  

    Deputy Launch Authority Barry Heskin advises members of the public to dress adequately for the weather conditions and to always notify a family member or friends of expected time of arrival.

  • A swimmer has been airlifted to safety in County Sligo.

    It happened yesterday afternoon when he was spotted in difficulty near Rosses Point. 

    Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Operations Manager Gerard O'Flynn says it underlines the importance of being alert at sea.Sw

  • Volunteers from Clifden RNLI rescued a bull who fell from a steep cliff yesterday evening (Saturday 22 December).

    At 5pm, Clifden RNLI’s Deputy Launching Authority Saul Joyce requested the station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to launch to assist a local farmer whose bull had slipped down a steep cliff and become stuck on the shoreline below.

    The area was inaccessible by road and difficult to access on foot. The farmer along with three members of the public and the local vet were on scene. 

    The lifeboat helmed by Alan Pryce and with crew members Thomas Davis, Daniel Whelan and Ian Shanahan onboard, launched immediately and attended the scene approximately half mile from the station.

    The weather conditions at the time were favourable with a light westerly force 1-2 breeze. The sea was flat calm and it was high tide.

    Crew member Thomas Davis was put ashore to assist the farmer and vet and a plan was put in place where a bridle or halter was attached to the animal and passed to the lifeboat.

    Under the instruction of the vet and farmer, the lifeboat gently made way astern and used the tension on the line to guide the animal off the dangerous rocks into the water.

    The lifeboat crew then guided the bull as it swam to a nearby beach where it made its way up the shore to safety. 

    The lifeboat stood by until all parties were safely away from the cliffs and water and then returned to base.